Ricky Rubio has struggled with his play in the men’s basketball competition of the 2016 Rio Olympics. The Spanish point guard was included in many NBA rumors even before this offseason and is trade value is quickly dipping.
Should the Minnesota Timberwolves cut ties with their starting point guard soon and get some good players for him now that he has still some value left? Should the Philadelphia 76ers make a move for Ricky Rubio as the point guard is struggling for Spain in Rio 2016?
In the summer games in Brazil, Rubio has averaged just 1.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 1.5 steals in 14.4 minutes per game. Worse for the Timberwolves PG, he’s shooting just 16.7 percent from the field (1 of 6) and has not made a three-point shot (0 of 3).
The criticism on Rubio is that he has a “broken jump shot” in his play in the NBA and basketball career. In international play, he is again being exposed as a player with a weak perimeter game. Rubio’s play has not helped his country in Brazil with Spain losing their first two games in the group stages.
Even for Spain, he is not the best point guard for the team with teammate Sergio Rodriguez outplaying him as well. Rodriguez is a 30-year-old point guard who played in the Euroleague for Real Madrid the last seven years and who will play for the Philadelphia 76ers next season.
The Timberwolves are closely watching Rubio’s development and play for Spain. Minnesota has a young group of guards that includes Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and Tyus Jones. They can afford to lose Rubio in a trade especially if they get a big man for the point guard and have a partner for young star Karl-Anthony Towns.
Previous NBA rumors had the Timberwolves linked to the Sixers in a deal that will see the teams swap Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel for Ricky Rubio. Philadelphia wants a more balanced line-up and lacks guards and wing men.
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With Rubio struggling for Spain, it’s time for the Timberwolves and the Sixers to revisit the proposed trades of either Okafor or Noel for Rubio before the new NBA season starts.
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